Blackburn Host Manchester City In Fiesty FA Cup Third Round Battle
The game early Saturday morning sees one of the first FA Cup winners, Blackburn Rovers host one of the most recent FA Cup winners, Manchester City. Blackburn have actually won the competition more times that their visitors, lifting the trophy six times. The last of those times, though, was a good ten years before the Second World War started, and of the six it was the only one in the 1900s.
In contrast, Manchester City last won the trophy beating Stoke City in 2011, but only City fans over 50-years-old might remember the time before that. Nowadays Manchester City fans expect trophies or at least a good run at them. In the semifinal of the League Cup this season, in recent seasons Manchester City have won the FA Cup, been to another Final, won the Community Shield and won the Premier League and finished second.
With success comes an increased stress on the squad which is obvious with Sergio Aguero, Jack Rodwell, Stevan Jovetic, Micah Richards and Martin Demichelis all out. Chasing Arsenal in the Premier League, already in another semifinal and the knockout section of the Champions League, it will be interesting to see what sort of side the 2011 Champions put out.
Blackburn themselves are chasing promotion back to the Premier League, so this may just be an afterthought for them also. Manuel Pellegrini has been made clear he is required to win five trophies in five seasons, and it may not be beyond the realm of possibility they have multiple trophies come the end of the season.
Jason is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy and Facebook.